Serena ‘scary good’ right now


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Serena Williams has never been one for hyperbole or overreaction, so when the self-effacing and bashful American declared that she was so good it was "scary" it really means something. Or so Tramlines likes to think.

On Saturday, the fifth-seeded Williams defeated number two seed Sam Stosur in just 58 minutes, 6-1 6-1, compiling an almost unheard of +14 differential on clay against one of the best clay courters on the WTA Tour -  29 winners to 15 errors.

If that wasn't 'scary' enough, the match time of the final against Lucie Safarova was the same as her semi-final, 58 minutes, but her differential was an even more staggering +19 - 27 winners to just eight errors.

The American's ranking has long belied her presence within the women's game and her ability, but that could soon change.

Serena moves up from 10 to nine in the rankings but, with nothing to defend until the grass court season and nothing substantial to defend until the summer hardcourt season, she could make a powerful charge back to where she once was.

It was only Williams' fourth WTA clay court title, but they've all been big ones - Rome and Roland Garros in 2002, and Charleston twice now, 2008 and 2012 - with her latest triumph a product of fearless aggression and gloriously sweet shot-making.

To further put in perspective Williams's dominance, she lost just 15 games all week - the fewest en route to a WTA title this year.

But the biggest stat might be that, in winning that 40th WTA title, Serena becomes just the third currently active player to reach the 40 mark (Venus Williams has 43, Kim Clijsters has 41).

Serena was typically exuberant in her assessment of the performance after clinching the title, but also showed that her focus remains not entirely on tennis as she took the opportunity to plug her new fashion range.

"I definitely want to continue this. I've never played consistently at such a high level with low errors like this, and the scary thing is I could have served so much better. So I really am like a floating bird," she said.

"I'm now going on HSN tonight at midnight. I will be launching my new collection," she said. "That's how I'll be celebrating, with a new line. I'm actually excited about it. Some great things." Yep, okay.

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You may have missed this, but if you have been sufficiently fortunate up until now, your luck has run out... Caroline Wozniacki has swaggered into the pop world, and no one can avoid listening to one of the most atrocious songs of all time.

The Dane has produced a single called 'Oxygen' with a relentless and ear-pounding chorus of the unforgettable: "You're my OX-OX-OXYGEN I'm breathing you, I'm breathing you, breathing you, I'm breathing you in OX-OX-OXYGEN."

The heavily auto-tuned effort - aiming to raise money for the Danish and Polish paralympic teams - may not quite plunge Caro into musical immortality, but it's certainly a tune not to be missed from the Champions' Ball playlist at Wimbledon later this year.

Trammers hopes boyfriend Rory McIlroy was not put off by the sound of his (song) bird during his woes at the US Masters last week.

Have a listen to the unforgettable single, 'Oxygen'...

But, of course, this is not the only single produced by a current player on Tour, because this is the perfect moment to haul out another trailblazing effort.

Doubles specialists the Bryan Brothers are in a band and released a song called "Autograph" which contained cameos from Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

You can hear that effort below too and while Murray's rapping skills leave a lot to be desired, he sounds like Jay-Z, Pavarotti and Marvin Gaye rolled into one in comparison to Wozniacki.

Check out the remarkable 'Autograph'...


TWEET OF THE WEEK: "I always have the cleanser, toner and repairing treatment with me! But most important, and a MUST have for me is the refining mask." CaroWozniacki reveals how she prepares for a big tournament. Tramlines wonders if Novak Djokovic follows a similar routine.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Up to now, I haven't had any intention of recruiting a foreign coach: I don't know why the media are so interested. I hope the media won't ask about it again." Poor Li Na is thoroughly hacked off with the Chinese media scrutinising the position of her husband and coach Jiang Shan.

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